VLC Control

These instructions apply to both the Windows and Mac OS versions of VLC 2.0.5 and up.

  1. Open VLC’s Preferences and click ‘Show All’ to show all settings.
  2. Select Interface > Main interfaces from the left column. For Windows, enable the Web and Remote Control interfaces from this panel. For Mac OS, set the ‘Extra interface modules’ text field to “rc:http” without the quotes and do not check any other options. For Windows, check the “Web” and “Remote Control Interface” boxes to auto-populate the field with the correct values. Do not change them.
  3. Select Interface > Main Interfaces > RC from the left column. Set the ‘TCP command input’ field to the IP address of your VLC system on port 8081. For example, enter “” without the quotes if your VLC system is running on
  4. (VLC 2.1+ only) Select Interface > Main Interfaces > Lua from the left column. Enter a password in the password field. This password should match the password entered into the VLC device panel in Simple Control.
  5. Save the Preferences and close VLC.
  6. (VLC 2.0.X only) Edit the VLC hosts file to allow incoming connections. These edits must be made as an Administrator user on your system. For Mac OS, the hosts file is located at:

    For Windows, the hosts file is located at:

    C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\lua\http\.hosts

    Remove the ‘#’ sign in front of the appropriate network in the hosts file and then save the file. If your network addresses begin with 192.168, uncomment (remove the ‘#’) from the line “#” so that it looks like “” without the quotes. The following shell commands, executed within a superuser shell using ‘sudo bash’, perform this step from Terminal on Mac OS:

  7. Open VLC.
  8. Add VLC as a device to Simple Control via Add Device Manually using the IP Address of the VLC system and port 8081, type Media Player, brand VLC. If you are using VLC 2.1+, enter the same password at the bottom of the VLC device panel in Roomie as you entered for the Lua password above.